Croydon sports bar to boast 50 televisions
A SPORTS bar with around 50 televisions and an 18 foot projection screen is set to open in the town centre.
Replacing S99 on Croydon High Street, around £500,000 is being spent to open Bar Sport.
General manager Roy Seda aims to open the new venue by the end of the month – in time for the final of the Euro 2012 tournament.
Mr Seda said: "It does what it says on the tin. We're showing everything – people keep saying are you showing the cricket or golf and we say yes. If it's on, we'll show it.
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"We're going to have sports memorabilia on the wall so you'll have signed pictures and shirts from players like David Beckham, Lionel Messi and Alan Shearer – all the big names.
"I've even bid for Wayne Rooney's boot on eBay."
Builders are frantically working on getting the venue ready as quickly as possible.
As well as showing sport, the ground floor is being transformed into a games room which will feature PlayStations, Xboxes, table tennis, pool tables, table football and darts.
And they are planning on bringing in DJs and organising comedy nights so customers stick around after sporting events finish.
Mr Seda, who says he has received over 700 job applications, added: "People say 'Why are you opening in Croydon, it's got a bad reputation?' But I've come here and I feel safe.
"I've spent all my money here and think it's a great place, a great town and we're in a great location.
"It's been three years in the making as we were looking for the right sort of location.
"There's nothing like us. A lot of sports bars come to Croydon, like Walkabout, but they're not doing it to the standard we're doing it."
S99 closed last year after it is thought to have hit financial difficulties.
Earlier in 2011 it made headlines when stars from the television show The Only Way Is Essex had to be rushed to safety when a fight broke out.
It had replaced Mojama, which shut its doors in March 2008. At the time of its closure, the club's managers blamed the smoking ban for taking away trade.